The Accounting Major is designed to prepare students for gainful employment in business and industrial accounting positions in three main areas: private organizations, governmental agencies and public accounting firms. The aim of the program is to educate the student in the design, maintenance and utilization of a financial system. Emphasis on accounting systems and analysis of financial data from the managerial point of view constitutes a valuable part of the curriculum. In addition, much emphasis is placed on solving and setting up accounting problems utilizing popular computer software. Students will utilize an integrated accounting software program which simulates various business operations and employ tax software while preparing returns. Students completing work in the Accounting Program are granted an Associate Degree in Accounting.
In addition, the degree complies with the educational requirements leading to the Certified Public Accountant certificate. Additional information regarding the CPA exam may be obtained from the program chair.
The Financial Services Major provides an educational format designed to prepare students for work in all aspects of the banking and finance related industries. The framework for learning provides financial accounting and general business expertise. Students focus on specific financial topics including: financial analysis, lending, insurance, investing, financial planning, operations and bank management. This creates recognized, relevant coursework that optimizes employment opportunities.